NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter performed its third flight on Mars, April 25th, now setting up for its final and most challenging tests.
At 4:31 a.m. Eastern time, Ingenuity took off from the Martian surface going up to an altitude of five meters. Then, it flew 50 meters downrange and back up before touching back down 80 seconds after takeoff (Foust, SpaceNews).
The first two flights took place on April 19th and 22nd, both went according to plan as so did this most recent one.
Dave Lavery, program executive for the project at NASA headquarters, said that with this flight they are demonstrating critical capabilities that will enable the addition of an aerial dimension to future Mars missions.
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